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Plate Barding Armor is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Blacksmith once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it increases cavalry armor and pierce armor by +1/+2.

The Tatars and Turks have access to both Plate Barding Armor and a unique technology and civilization bonus respectively that increases the armor of Light Cavalry, resulting in the Hussars with the highest armor in the game (Tatar Hussars have higher melee and pierce armor with +1/+1, so Hussars have 4/7 armor, while Turks only the pierce armor, but for free). The Sicilians have the Cavaliers with the highest pierce armor in the game thanks to Hauberk, which increases the armor of the Knight Line by +1/+2, resulting in 6/8 armor (resulting in a higher melee armor than other Cavaliers, as well as having more armor than a Paladin). The Teutons have the Scout Cavalry and Paladin with the highest melee armor thanks to the civilization bonus that gives +1/+2 melee armor to stable units in the Castle/Imperial Age, resulting in Scout Cavalry with 5 melee armor and Paladins with 7 melee armor. Tatar Elite Steppe Lancers also have the highest armor thanks to Silk Armor, ending with 4/7 armor. Gurjara Heavy Camel Riders have the highest melee armor of all, thanks to the Imperial Age unique technology Frontier Guards, which gives +4 melee armor to Camel Riders, resulting in 7 melee armor. Burmese Elite Battle Elephants get the highest armor thanks to the civilization bonus, which gives Battle Elephants +1/+1 armor, and the unique technology Howdah, which also gives +1/+1 armor to Battle Elephants, resulting in 6/9 armor.

Availability chart[]

Platebardingarmoravailable AvailablePlatebardingarmorunavailable Unavailable

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: Plate Barding Armor costs -50% food.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Plate Barding Armor is 15% cheaper.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Researching Plate Barding Armor is 30% faster.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Plate Barding Armor costs no gold. Receive 20 gold after researching Plate Barding Armor.

Team bonuses[]

  • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: Researching Plate Barding Armor is 80% faster.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Researching Plate Barding Armor is 25% faster.


AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • Indians AoE2 Indians: Can research Plate Barding Armor.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

  • With update 42848:
    • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: Initially, the team bonus makes Plate Barding Armor research 50% faster. With the update, Plate Barding Armor is researched 80% faster. Plate Barding Armor costs -50% food.
    • Indians AoE2 Indians: Can no longer research Plate Barding Armor.
    • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Plate Barding Armor is researched 30% faster as a civilization bonus.

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]


  • Neither of the two civilizations introduced in Dawn of the Dukes have access to Plate Barding Armor.


Armor made of large metal plates was the best defense obtainable against missiles and hand weapons. It was stronger and absorbed more energy. Large sheets of hammered steel were fashioned to fit the body of the horse.
Age of Empires II manual
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